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'No Words Can Make Sense of Today's Tragedy'

Governor, members of federal delegation react to the Connecticut school shooting.

Second District Congresswoman-Elect Annie Kuster issued a statement Friday afternoon in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that left at least 27 people dead.

"No words can make sense of today's shocking tragedy or bring comfort to those whose lives have been shaken," Kuster said. "My thoughts and prayers, and those of the entire nation, are with the victims, their families, and the people of Newtown."

Second District Congressman Charles Bass issued this statement:

"My heart breaks for the victims of the senseless and despicable tragedy that occurred in Connecticut earlier today. Lisa and I join the people of New Hampshire in keeping the victims, their families and friends, and the people of Newtown, CT in our thoughts and prayers during this horrible tragedy, and we hope that they may begin to find some comfort and peace in the days and weeks ahead."

Gov. John Lynch also issued a statement, saying "Today's shooting in Connecticut, taking so many innocent lives, is a horrible tragedy. On behalf of the people of New Hampshire, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been wounded or killed, and to their loved ones."

Gov.-Elect Maggie Hassan called the shooting "an unbelievable and senseless tragedy," adding that "Tom's and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families, students, teachers and entire community in Newtown, Connecticut."

Sen. Kelly Ayotte issued the following statement Friday evening:

"Words cannot adequately express the depth of our grief in the wake of today's senseless shootings in Connecticut.

As the mother of two young children, it's difficult for me to imagine a more horrific tragedy. My family joins citizens across New Hampshire and the nation in mourning the lives that were lost.

In the difficult days ahead, please keep the victims, their families, and the Newtown community in your thoughts and prayers."

Mark December 15, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Nikki - according to the latest (horrible) reports of what happened all 20 children were in two classrooms, he had them cornered and basically was able to execute every one of them (which is why there are only dead children, none wounded), if he had a knife he wouldn't be giving them shallow cuts he would have calmly slit their throats, that is what psychopaths are capable of :( Please don't fixate on the tool he used, we need more focus on the criminals committing these horrendous crimes, their mental illnesses, and the society that is making them more common, we must do this or it will just keep happening.
Just an Average Person December 15, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Actually, Steve, Charles, and company..you are both right - but only fixated on "you" being right. First, we DO need to look at what caused this amount of rage. It goes beyond our imagination. We have to understand that and improve mental health in the country. Too many incidents. EQUALLY, we do have to evaluate the balance between the right to bear arms and doing things to help prevent this level of madness (the argument about you couldn't do this with a knife is warranted - as is the argument we should work on mental health to help people not want to use either a knife or any other weapon). I'm in favor of gun rights, I'm former US Infantry. But, come on - this has to stop. I don't want people so isolated and abused that they feel the need to rage, neither do I want them to have the physical ability to ever do this again. I have an 8 year old. I'm completely heartbroken. Let's stop arguing politics, be adults (that's our job) and say we have to fix all of this - it is all on the table. Otherwise you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
Patriot December 15, 2012 at 04:46 PM
ADAM LANZA was a victim? He may have had issues to deal with but a victim? NO, a murdered! Don't label him as anything less than he should be forever known as. It should be embossed on his head stone for the world to know.
Patriot December 15, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Just an Average Person, you maybe able to slow down violence but I fear you cannot stop it. As population increases so do incidents of misbehavior. Like the common cold all we can do is work on the issues.
Patriot December 15, 2012 at 04:54 PM
The government takes my money so I cannot help myself. They want my rights, so I cannot control my life. Who am I left to blame? Like rats in a cage, we are left for our keeper!
Andrew December 15, 2012 at 11:27 PM
No law is effective once a person decides to commit murder; all lesser laws, such as those against theft, are immediately rendered immaterial. At that instant in time the only option that will materially change your odds of being a victim are to increase the odds that the nutcase hellbent on murder will meet with someone willing and able to stop him or her in lawful defense. And most of the time that defender of your life, whether it is you or someone else, will need a firearm to do so. More "gun free" zones -- and more gun laws -- will only serve to increase the number and effectiveness of murderous rampages. With guns or without. You can only falsify this assertion when we see police departments become the successful targets of such assaults.
Nikki Arguin December 16, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Mark... he had to shoot his way into the school to get into it... as it had security and he had to be buzzed in. If he had a knife, he'd still be at the door scratching the glass.
Nikki Arguin December 16, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Not to mention, other adults would have had time to take him down... the six he killed could have done something, they were brave enough to try to protect him when he had a gun, think of what they could have done if he only had a knife. I don't see how people can selfishly think of me me me and my gun rights, when twenty children are dead. It's selfishness, plain and simple.
Mark December 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Nikki - again you are fixating on the gun not the criminal. Look past your hatred of guns and try to see the larger picture where mentally ill people will use any tool available. Treat the illness and stop the criminals. 1) The police said he forced his way into the school not that he shot his way in, he could have barged past someone legitimately entering the school, thrown a rock through a window, even driven a car through through a window to get in. 2) I assume you have never fought anyone armed with a knife. I have. Even people with years of martial arts / hand-to-hand training usually get cut badly trying to disarm someone with a knife. Against trained police officers tests (the Tueller drill devised by a Utah police sgt) have shown a man with a gun 21 feet away can get to and strike an officer before the officer can draw and fire his gun. That is why the police treat a knife as a deadly weapon and respond with lethal force instead of trying to disarm.
steve forte December 16, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Exactly, problem here is everyone wants to answer the how question. How is an easy answer once the facts come out. The real question we should be asking is why.
Atlant December 16, 2012 at 02:17 PM
The beauty of that sort of thinking (which we hear often after each of these tragedies) is that in just a few days, there'll be another such tragedy and it will once again be "too soon to talk anout it". So it's never timely to talk about it. In fact, just this morning, there's news of another mall shooting in California. So I guess we need to reset the "too soon to talk about it" clock again, ehh?
Atlant December 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Steve: Actually, according to this morning's news reports, *EVERYONE* was killed with the Bushmaster and not the handguns (although your point *WAS* being made by gun proponents all over the web over the last few days.)
Atlant December 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Patriot: Have you ever noticed how many of these murders are committed by mentally unstable persons? Have you ever noticed which persons sound mentally unstable?
Atlant December 16, 2012 at 02:37 PM
But appropriate laws *CAN* prevent the intended murderer from having the means to commit the murder, and can especially prevent the murderer from having the means to commit *MASS MURDER*. It's long-since time to pass such appropriate laws nationwide.
Atlant December 16, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Alternatively, we could treat guns the same as we treat everything else of a similar, dangerous nature in this society: Require the owners and operators to be appropriately trained, tested, and licensed and require them to carry appropriate liability insurance for *EVERY GUN PURCHASED*. Otherwise, we're just "externalizing" away from the gun owners certain costs associated with their gun ownership.
Mark December 16, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Atlant - if you somehow ban all the guns in the country then the psychopaths will use knives like in China (where 21 have been killed in school knife attacks recently), then what? ban knives? make restaurants chain the steak knives to the table? how am I supposed to cook at home without knives? Do you see how silly that sounds? the solution isn't banning the weapon as there is always a different weapon that could be used just as effectively (knives, homemade explosives, power tools, cars, etc), the only long-term solution is better identification and treatment of the mentally ill (with incarceration for those that refuse treatment). Have you see the stories about Adam Lanza from his former classmates and teachers?, he was obviously mentally ill and the system let him down, they let his mother down, and they let down the families of the twenty children he murdered.
Andrew December 16, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The answer to the problem is NOT to further disarm law-abiding citizens. Nothing about what this mass-murderer did was ‘law abiding’. It appears he was prevented by existing laws from buying a rifle days before. He stole the guns (so he didn’t follow that no stealing law). Then he shot their owner (he didn’t follow that no killing law). Then he proceeded to find targets that were the most vulnerable and ones that would put up no resistance and had no way to defend themselves. This is what criminals do. They prey on the weak and defenseless. They don’t follow laws! So, what makes anyone think he’d have followed gun laws any more than he did the laws against theft and murder? They don’t and they won’t. That’s why they’re called criminals. Think getting rid of guns is the answer, I recommend watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8RDWltHxRc
Patriot December 16, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Atlant, people use to build motes around their castle to keep out danger. Didn't work, the moat created disease which ended up in the castle.
Ray Guarino December 16, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Mark, The "if you somehow ban all the guns..." and the "if you somehoe tax everyone 100 percent..." arguments are irrelevant straw man arguments. No one is suggesting banning all the weapons. The problem is that there are too many guns in too many wrong hands right now. Adam Lanza's mother was an enabler. She took her son shooting, she put guns in his hands. He knew where they were and how to get them. Bad judgement on her part resulted in the deaths of 26 innocent people. It's the gun culture, the gun lobbyists that are are the problem. More guns is not the solution, it's the problem. America is awash in guns and ammo. The government needs to have tighter restrictions regarding who gets guns, period. Second amendment rights to not take precedent over the lives of innocent people.
Mark December 16, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Ray - Here's an interesting paper from the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. It is a long read but put across a good argument that banning firearms does nothing to reduce murder and suicide rates: http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf
steve forte December 17, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Untill we ask and find an answer for why these killings will continue . Only thing more useless gun control will do is change the weapon to a bomb or a truck running down multiple victoms on a crowded sidewalk.
Ray Guarino December 17, 2012 at 04:32 PM
We know what the answer is. We know what the problem is. Too many guns in too many hands. Adding more guns is not the answer, it's the problem. We need gun control now, the reason it's "useless" is because the gun lobby and the politicians they own in the Republican Party make it useless
Nikki Arguin December 17, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Its laughable, your argument that he would have done the same damage if he had a knife. Its the argument spoon fed to you, come up with one of your own. Also laughable is your thought of my hatred of guns. I grew up with guns in my household, my father is a RESPONSIBLE gun owner. I saw them only a handful of times and NEVER knew where they were kept, as they were locked down. We force people every day to be responsible, in other states, people are forced to wear a seat belt, we are forced to not consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car, I don't see why forcing people to be responsible with machines that kill is such a big deal. Why are your rights more important than the rights of the people killed daily in this country by guns. It's selfish to cry foul when all those children are dead because the rights of the irresponsible gun owner comes first.
Ray Guarino December 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Patriot, The proliferation of guns in America's is like your moat, constructed to protect, yet infestating the populace and causing more grief.
Patriot December 17, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Ray, I am not a republican, lets be more inclusive!
Ray Guarino December 17, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Is that an admission you deliberately make the laws useless?
steve forte December 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Actualy Ray you think you know what the problem is. You dont. The problem isnt too many guns its young people killing each other.
Ray Guarino December 18, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Steve, you bring up an interesting point. There are many people who have guns that are experienced. Whether it's hunting, or a military or law enforcement. Allguns should be permitted, with a background check, and with more experienced persons mentoring and/or tutoring young people on gun safety. Young people would not be irresponsibly shooting other young people if their mothers/fathers, mentors were there to promote gun safety. This is true in Lanza's case. His mother had too many guns, too much fire power. You don't leave your keys around for your unbalanced kid to joy ride around with your car, and in the same token, you secure your guns, and you don't take your unbalanced kid to the shooting range. The other things we could do would be to deny guns to anyone with mental health problems, we know that if this was strictly enforced, the shooter in the Giffords shooting wold have been denied, as well as the shooters at Virginia Tech and Aurora. The problem is that even with background checks and a data base required, gun dealers in some states are not adhering to the law.
steve forte December 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Couldn't agree more Ray. Having unlocked guns in a home where a mentaly unstable person lives is like keeping a fully stocked liquer cabinet in the home of an alcoholic. Thing is when something tragic like this happens, everyone wants to jump on the ban bandwagon. Then legislatures pass some do nothing feel good law that never even scratches the surface of the problem.
chris byer January 09, 2013 at 11:58 PM
We could have helped him by telling him to pull the triger first on himself. Oh come on the poor Adam he lived in a 1.3 million dollar home, why people go hungry. Played video games for hours, did not work. Mom should have kicked his but out long ago, and maybe he would have had a idea of what live really is instead of just sitting around feeling bad for himself because mom was planning on admitting him to a psyc hosp. He had food, a roof over his head, and people who seemed to care for him even though he seemed like a total piece of crap... He knew what he was doing, or he would not have killed him self or had the ear plugs. I hope he is in hell now listening to all of the kids he killed over and over..

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